Driverless ride-sharing cars to be tested on Yas Island
Driverless ride-sharing cars to be tested on Yas Island

Driverless ride-sharing cars to be tested on Yas Island

Five driverless cars are to be tested on Yas Island this month with the hope that they’ll soon become an established feature on the island.

The driverless Bayanat cars will have a safety officer on board just in case. And it will operate around nine stops on Yas Island including hotels and shopping malls.

If successful, the driverless cars will be turned into a ride-sharing app like Uber that can be used across Abu Dhabi.

And the Abu Dhabi Media Office confirmed that the rides will be free during the initial testing stages!

Commenting on the cooperation, Mr Hasan Al Hosani, CEO of Bayanat said, “Our partnership with DMT and ITC opens up new and exciting opportunities to transform the transport sector, improve road safety, energy consumption, traffic congestion and revolutionize the way people live, work and travel.”

The self-driving cars will use geospatial data, advanced mapping and artificial intelligence to make sure they drive safely.

Over in Dubai meanwhile, General Motors signed a deal to bring self-driving taxis to Dubai in 2023. And they want to grow their team so they’ll have 4,000 driverless Origin shuttles on the roads of Dubai by 2030.

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